The crimes of the powerful: between force and consensus

Ruggiero, Vincenzo ORCID logoORCID: (2021) The crimes of the powerful: between force and consensus. Social Sciences, 10 (2) , e51. pp. 1-9. ISSN 2076-0760 [Article] (doi:10.3390/socsci10020051)

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Power entails the ability to act and overcome the obstacles erected by those who are subject to it. It also entails the capacity to make one’s crimes acceptable, while formulating criminal imputations against others. The crimes of the powerful, in this contribution, are examined through the lenses of a number of intertwined variables: coercion, legitimacy, violence, secrecy, consensus, and hegemony. Ostentation, imitation, and admiration are also considered as components of these types of crimes and the feelings they elicit. While the controversies surrounding legal responses to the crimes of the powerful are discussed, the efficacy of concerted action against them is optimistically invoked.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): coercion, legitimacy, secrecy, consensus
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology > Centre for Criminological and Social Research (CSRC)
Item ID: 31909
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Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2021 16:32
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